White Pocket is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marble Canyon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length1.5 miElevation gain160 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsOHV/Off-road drivingWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyViewsOff trailNo shade
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Mike McGrath
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Shannon Griffin
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Chrissy T
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HikingGreat!

One of the highlights of our trip! Must have 4x4 or hire a guide who does - we used Steve at Paria Outpost (928) 691-1047 and loved it. Feels other worldly like Mars and great views of the Vermillion Cliffs. Fantastic alternative if you don’t get into the Wave (almost everyone!). Ha.

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Leslie Farias
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Absolutely beautiful, in the middle of the desert. You definitely need 4x4 vehicle. Get your map ahead of time, there is no cellphone reception there.

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Carolincoln H
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HikingGreat!
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Olivia Hale (hale.on.a.trail)
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One of the coolest places I've ever been! Seriously felt like I was on Mars. 4 wheel drive necessary to reach recreational area. Our Jeep Wrangler did well but it was a rough ride for our 2 pups.

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Abram Bell
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HikingGreat!

Worth every bit of the trip out there, around every corner is different texture and color. The sand is certainly a consideration, we saw a few GMC envoy out there, we have a Honda Pilot and I’m certain I could have driven it out there but it would have added a level of stress which is not the experience I was looking for so we rented a 4x4 truck and had a ball driving these roads

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Lexi Jordan
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By far the most amazing place I’ve ever seen. It is truly an unearthly experience. We took this route and highly recommend it: 89A to House Rock Road for 9.3 miles. Turn right onto 1017/Pine Tree Rd. 1017 to 1087 then to 1086 where you’ll pass through a gate before getting to the White Pocket area. The roads will feel like they are going on forever. Must have 4wd to get back there- we made it in a Nissan Pathfinder. You will most definitely be out in the middle of nowhere but I promise it is worth it. Don’t turn around! (Unless you won’t make it)

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Satoru Murata
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

Great location; will be a repeat visitor for sure. To get to the parking lot, trust me and take this route (https://www.gaiagps.com/public/ynCYuEXrvggRrV7Yn31VTwqI). The only section you need to worry about is the latter half, the straight N-S road past the ranch, where the road gets sandy. A vehicle with high clearance is preferred, but I'd bet any AWD SUV/crossover would make it, IF (a) you air down to 18psi, and (b) are wearing AT tires. It was easy peasy for an FJ Cruiser and Jeep Cherokee Trailblazer.

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Jeff Styers
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Wow! Fantastic scenery, not only of White Pocket but also the views of the Vermillion Cliffs was spectacular. We took the southern route from 89A to House Rock road. As some have mentioned in other reviews, stay on House Rock road for 9.3 miles, DO NOT turn at the 8 mile point which is where Google Maps took us. This easily added an hour or more to our trip. Continue North on House Rock Road for 9.3 miles and turn right on 1017, known as both Pine Tree Road and Corral Valley Road. Take 1017 to 1087 then 1086. High clearance 4WD is certainly recommended. We made it without issue in a stock Jeep Grand Cherokee. Well worth the trip in our opinion.

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Maria Surina
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OHV/Off-road driving

It’s something undesirable, never been in such place before. The road was relatively easy, yes we had a 4Runner but I would say high clearance is more important that actual 4x4. Met a guy who make it on Ford Edge, but h mention that he had some bad spots and almost got stuck. We also were lucky that because of the temperature the sand wasn’t that deep I guess If you want to drive there take 1087 and 1086 road, please DO NOT drive through the Paw hole road, during our trip 1 car got stuck there

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Georgii Gobozov
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HikingGreat!Off trail

READ THIS! The key parts are right car and right route. Do not take google maps route! We went from Kanab south via road 89A, then we took House rock road up north it's gravel road, google wants you to turn right too early, here is right route https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Kanab,+UT+84741/White+Pocket,+Arizona/@36.8481062,-112.0483431,4802m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m24!4m23!1m15!1m1!1s0x8734d4210af85b03:0x884e8329a56fd317!2m2!1d-112.5263145!2d37.0474855!3m4!1m2!1d-112.063052!2d36.861573!3s0x873492bc7b05b38d:0xd2481f8defd0dfd6!3m4!1m2!1d-112.002807!2d36.8551492!3s0x87348cfc3a383d89:0xab86e0ec2962b9eb!1m5!1m1!1s0x8734f5ad35aea793:0x44352ff59afd8223!2m2!1d-111.9043412!2d36.9560964!3e0 We took wrong one and ended up crawling by multiple narrow sandy roads, google was totally useless there because map didn't work properly and it always gave us wrong direction. The car. We rented 4x4 Jeep Cherokee in Kanab, I wouldn't go there anything lower than this or 4Runner or Wrangler. Don't think Subaru can make it. One of the best hikes I ever done, I have no words to describe how amazing this place is. If you still debating if this hike worth 150-200 for jeep rental or tour, YES IT IS. Don't hesitate and do it!

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Zisis Soulantzos
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Words can’t describe it. It’s surreal.

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Stephanie Chibbaro
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Very cool experience!! We booked a tour because as many people have stated, the road becomes deep sand and very rocky in places and we had a sedan rental car. There’s no way we could’ve made it without a high clearance vehicle but the tour was well worth it

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Gayle Gordon
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Hiking

Amazing !!!

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Nick Sakmar
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OHV/Off-road driving

Off the beaten path, but well worth it.

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Olivier B
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A combination of colorful sandstone formations. DEEP SAND track requires 4WD high clearance vehicle. Towing service to this location is $2000+.

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Tim Marshall
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Over the top awesome

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Amy Vinarsky
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Easy to hike, would suggest hiking boats for the grip alone. Only need about 2-3 hours max to run around and explore. We hired a guide that was $175 plus tip bc we did not have 4x4 experience driving in sand and you need it. Being stuck wasn’t something we were interested in. Go to the bathroom at wireless trailhead

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Charlie Maynard
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Did not make it to the location. I have a 2018 Jeep Wrangler sport unlimited and had to turn around because the sand was so deep. I was by myself and I got way too close to getting stuck multiple times. Personally I would only drive these roads in a 4 wheeler or dune buggy or the like. 4x4 is not enough and it was a dry, sunny day. As another user said, don’t follow Apple maps gps but take corral valley road to 1087 to 1086. Apple Maps took me to the Paw Hole trailhead and from there the road is “one way recommended.” I should’ve listened to the other user.

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Alex W
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An interesting and unique place, but gps may try to shoot you down small, eventually impassable roads. Instead, take 1017 east to 1087, which runs north. Going up 1087, there will be a split off for 1086 and a sign for White Pockets will appear as well. Also, I would recommend taking Hwy 89A in. The other way, coming east on Hwy 89, then south on House Rock Valley Roads passes through some heavily tire-grooved dirt roads, south of the Wire Pass pull-out. Also note, that the scenery is similar to that found at Edmaier's Pass, which can be accessed via Buckskin Gulch pull-out, which is much quicker to reach and easier on the car. Good luck and enjoy!

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Billy Schwam
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One of mt favorite trips since moving to AZ. 4x4 needed for this one. The outback travel in was great.

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Caroline L
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Tout simplement le plus beau site que nous ayons vu ( avant Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, ..). Balade très facile, on accède au site par un chemin de sable, ensuite vous pouvez ne faire que quelques mètres ou bien plus d’un mile comme nous pour profiter du site. Pour y accéder il faut vraiment un 4x4 high clearance (pour nous un Jeep Grand Cherokee) pour les derniers miles. Il faut aussi absolument éviter d’y aller par temps de pluie, la piste sera impraticable.

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S Photohiking
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Nana Canterbury
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Really unique and beautiful.

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Christina Barber
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OHV/Off-road driving

The drive to get to the actual White Pocket area is ONLY for high clearance 4x4 vehicles. The sand get pretty deep. We did it in our stock 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk in sand mode. Only time we had issues were right by the corral at the very end of the trail. Sand got too deep and we didn't have enough speed. So we got stuck & had to dig out. Do not do this road if it has recently rained. The hiking trail to white pocket is deep sand as well which can be tiring if not in the best of shape. But the scenery is AWESOME if you can get back there!

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Nana Canterbury
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didn't follow a trail, just scampered away and explored.

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Nayeli Ceballos
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Absolutely Gorgeous! A must see! Good for all ages. Very short walk in sand. Bring water and hats

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